Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll

Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll

by Alan Scott Pate, Lynton Gardiner
     
 

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Famed the world over for their intricate beauty, Japanese dolls (ningyo) have played an important role in that country's culture. This first comprehensive book on antique Japanese dolls published in English focuses on the five main categories of dolls-gosho palace dolls, hina girl's day dolls, musha boy's day dolls, isho costume

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Famed the world over for their intricate beauty, Japanese dolls (ningyo) have played an important role in that country's culture. This first comprehensive book on antique Japanese dolls published in English focuses on the five main categories of dolls-gosho palace dolls, hina girl's day dolls, musha boy's day dolls, isho costume dolls, and theatrical dolls-made during the Edo period (1615-1868) when ningyo culture was at its peak. Features an extensive glossary and bibliography, plus 250 color photographs.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"For those who love knowing everything they can about the history of dolls or who have an interest specifically in the history of Japanese dolls, this is a must read. Since reading, I definitely would like to see some of these dolls in person one day. It opened my eyes up to a whole new era of dolls and makes me appreciate and understand the importance of dolls in Japanese culture a little more." —Dolly Confessions blog

'Ningyo explores everything from the nature of materials used to create the dolls, to what they teach us about people from that period, to their spiritual purpose. This beautiful book is a must-have for any fan of Japanese culture. —Sophie's Japan Blog

"The author's knowledge is undeniable; his description for each doll featured is in–depth. He meticulously examines their history and, in many cases, their craftsmanship. It's a work of art in its own right and is a truly worthy book that belongs in everyone's library." —Diverse Japan blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804836159
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Pate has been appointed guest curator for an exhibition on Japanese dolls at the Mingei International Museum.

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